The Digital Initiatives department at the ND State Library manages the agency's digital collections and focuses on digital projects that relate to:
The digital collections of the ND State Library are primarily accessible online in two locations: Digital Horizons and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Secondary locations online include Find A Grave, Historypin, and Wikipedia.
Items relating to the Anderson and Landers families, and the Kenmare and Crosby areas of North Dakota.
Historical atlases and plat books from North Dakota counties.
North Dakota history books relating to counties, towns, churches, schools, townships, families, organizations, etc.
Images, documents, and objects that have been digitized from the collections of North Dakota residents, organizations (such as businesses, churches, etc.), and cultural heritage institutions (such as libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, etc.).
Newsletters, reports, photographs, videos, objects, and documents relating to the North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake, since its inception in the 1890s to the present.
Publications, reports, videos, newsletters, etc. generated by North Dakota state government agencies since before statehood in 1889 to today.
Cookbooks, recipes, and cooking guides from across the Northern Plains and the state of North Dakota.
Diaries from 1888 to 1947 about the life of a North Dakota homesteader and farmer.
Copies of items from the ND State Library's digital collections sometimes appear in its blog, newsletters, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). Items may also be added to other interactive places such as Jigsaw Planet, Find A Grave, Google Maps, and Wikipedia.
Visit the Follow & Subscribe page to learn more or to follow the ND State Library and/or Digital Initiatives on social media.
Primarily, the digital collections of the ND State Library are publicly accessible and searchable online in two locations:
Digital Horizons is an online resource consisting of thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains. Digital Horizons provides a fascinating snapshot of the lives, culture, and history of the people who shaped life on the prairies. Digital Horizons is a consortium and includes collections from Concordia College, North Dakota State University, Prairie Public Broadcasting, ND State Library, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, and more!
Digital Horizons is consistently named the best genealogy website for North Dakota by Family Tree Magazine.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a free, national digital library that provides a single point of access to cultural heritage materials from more than 4,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Go to the DPLA website to search more than 45 million images, videos, texts, and sounds.
Visit our DPLA page to learn more about:
New Items Added
A monthly report highlighting the new items uploaded to the various digital collections of the ND State Library. Visit the Reports page to access these documents.
A list of the top 10 items in each of the ND State Library's digital collections that received the most views in a given year. Visit the Reports page to access these documents.